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We are currently recruiting for the position of Pilot Operator at our Research & Technology (R&T) department in Geleen. It is crucial for Fibrant to improve and further develop our technology to deliver high-end sustainable solutions to our customers. Our global Research & Technology group steers the development of caprolactam technology and supports our production sites in the Netherlands and China. We are looking for a Pilot Operator to be part of the R&T group to focus on the development of our chemical recycling technology to convert nylon applications such as textile, carpet and packaging back to the pure raw materials. As a Pilot Operator, you will be part of a dynamic team consisting of chemists, technicians and chemical engineers. This team focuses on delivering a future-proof technology for the chemical recycling of nylon-6 containing waste. With your flexible and hands-on attitude you will run and further develop our pilot process, and contribute to the improvement of our chemical recycling process.

Your key responsibilities

✔ You will run and improve the pilot plant in a safe and reproducible way.

✔ You will work in a shift schedule, which can consist of continuous shifts from Monday to Friday.

✔ You will help to set-up and improve work procedures and instructions to allow safe and stable tests.

✔ You report deviations and propose improvements to increase the reliability and safety of the equipment.

✔ Troubleshooting: you will solve practical issues to ensure maximal up-time of the equipment.

✔ You will perform small maintenance actions and guide external partners for larger maintenance work.

✔ You will generate operational expertise and train your colleagues.

✔ You will work in a dedicated team and report the observations and generated results to the project manager.




Our ideal candidate:

✔ Is passionate about sustainability and willing to take responsibility.

✔ Has a Vapro C or D degree with at least 2 years experience, or a Professional Bachelor in Process Technology 

✔ Communicates pro-actively about issues, results, opportunities and threats, and is able to do so in English.

✔ Has affinity for software and digital control, and an analytical mindset with a pragmatic mentality.

✔ Is stress resistant so appropriate actions can be taken swiftly in case of process hick-ups.

✔ Is a team player that is able to deliver results based on timeline and objectives.

✔ Thrives in a multicultural environment and enjoys to cooperate with people from different disciplines.


The reward of working at Fibrant

At Fibrant we believe our people make a difference. We reward them with a competitive salary plus an attractive benefits package (to use for extra holidays or an extra payment). Depending on the level of your experience Fibrant offers 37.000-50.000 EUR (based on fulltime employment without the shift allowance). We encourage our people to go beyond their job description. Fibrant is a global organization with plenty of opportunities to develop yourself both professionally and personally. We work safely, care for each other and build on each other’s strengths for the success of our business. It’s our people that make us a great place to work.


Interested in this role? Please apply through our website in English or Dutch before January 30th 2024. Reference check procedures and an assessment are part of the Fibrant recruitment & selection process. You will be contacted when these references checks are required. In case you have questions about the role or the application process, please contact Mikela Boesten, People & Culture contact for this position, via

About Fibrant

Our story began in 1952, with the opening of the first production facility in The Netherlands. Since 2018 Fibrant is part of Highsun Group and ever since we are the world’s leading producer of caprolactam and ammonium sulfate, with production facilities in the Netherlands (Geleen) and in China (Fuzhou and Nanjing). We are proud to set the standard in low carbon footprint, bio-based, and circular caprolactam with the introduction of EcoLactam®, our latest generation of products. We serve numerous value chains, including textile, automotive, food packaging, and agricultural chains. We connect with valued business partners, relying on superior and environmentally friendly products. Fibrant has a team of approximately 350 specialists working in the Netherlands, with headquarters in Urmond and the Chemelot site in Geleen. We stand for 'Future forward chemistry,' referring not only to innovation and sustainability as critical success factors, but also to the drive and the mindset of employees and business partners. More information is available at

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